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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Above SuspicionAbove Suspicion by Joe Sharkey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many thanks to Edelweiss-Above-the-Treeline and Open Road Media for the ARC of this Kindle e-book.
Above Suspicion by Joe Sharkey by Joe Sharkey.

This was excellent coverage of an FBI agent who tried to play by the book, but as a rookie was thrown into a corrupt little town that had their law enforcement just the way they wanted it. Mark Putnam did all of the things he was taught to do but ended up a criminal who lost everything.

This is the second such story I have read about in the last month where law enforcement who use C.I.'s or confidential informants create relationships that are bound to end badly for someone. Generally, it is the rule-followers and those who put their faith in a fallible system.

Mark Putnam was a rare person who did not lose his conscience in the end. He was not power-hungry or greedy. If he was he could have risen to the highest offices of trust in the land.

The writing was good, but due to space and time some of the characters like Mark's wife who since passed away, and several of the other players had to be left hanging and without resolution.

It is a good read unless you are a little too familiar with the type of corruption and greed in this story. Then, it is a reminder that positions of trust are often a stepping stone of evil.

I will recommend this for readers advisories.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Baby, Take a BowBaby, Take a Bow by Jane Tesh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Edelweiss and Poisoned Pen Press for the Amazon e-book galley of Baby, Take a Bow by Jane Tesh.

When I first started reading Baby, Take a Bow I was almost overwhelmed by the myriad of characters active in this story.

Baby, Take a Bow has psychics, psychos, decent folks and a few rednecks. A suburban Animal House of relationships which work, despite all odds.

I am glad that I continued to read on because this is an enjoyable, unique and interesting novel. Toward the end Jane Tesh calms the calamity and finishes with a gentle ending.

The writing is pure art. I recommend this book for the voracious reader looking for entertainment that breaks the mold.

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Lying Blind: A Nan Vining Mystery #6Lying Blind: A Nan Vining Mystery #6 by Dianne Emley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Alibi and NetGalley for the galley copy of Lying Blind: A Nan Vining Mystery #6.

This was a novel that I could not speed through. The descriptions, plot, and subplots took me from the fast lane. I slowed my pace so that I could enjoy every nuance.

From the first chapter of Dianne Emley's "Lying Blind" I got hooked. Even though I finished a few days ago, I keep wanting more.

This is my first novel by Dianne Emley, and as 6th in a series, it stands alone.

This novel shows wealth and privilege getting away with murder. Karma shows up and exacts payment.

The characters are believable and developed. Nan Vining is a complex woman who is likable and a professional detective. She would rather do right than be popular.

As a native Californian who has been away many years, I enjoyed the journey from Pasadena to Los Robles. Now I will have to go back and get caught up with the life and times of Nan Vining.

Dianne Emley please don't stop writing this series now. You left me hanging on the edge of a cliff. I must have more.

I will recommend the Nan Vining Mystery Series for our library collection.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hostile Witness (Witness Series, #1)Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book at no cost on Amazon Prime.

Thanks to Rebecca Forster for making Hostile Witness: A Josie Bates Thriller: The Witness Series #1. It is still available as a free e-book at the time of this review. 01/07/2017

There are seven books in this series. If you want to jump into a new series and not have to wait for the next book this is your lucky day. This is a fast-paced legal thriller.

The main protagonist Josie Baylor-Bates is an athletic, attorney who lives in a home on the beach in Southern California. She has just earned her partnership in a cozy and well-established law firm.

Josie's life is on an even keel until an old "friend" Linda Sheraton commands her help in defending her daughter Hannah. Teenage Hanna is charged as an adult in the death of her step-grandfather. The other sticker is the victim is a well-respected judge.

Using her friend, Linda knows the buttons to push to guarantee the cooperation of Josie.

Josie sticks her neck out and could lose everything she has worked for her whole life.

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A Short Time to DieA Short Time to Die by Susan Alice Bickford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to Kensington Books & NetGalley. I received a galley Kindle e-book A Short Time To Die by Susan Alice Bickford for review.

The beginning is in a small town. Secluded enough from prying eyes and powerful magistrates to get away with murder. They are ripe with inbred mafias. It is rare that anyone escapes from these cloistered holes long enough to tell their stories. Successful escape is unheard of. The odds are a million-to-one.

A Short Time to Die is ripe with strong females. Protagonists and antagonists abound. It is a relief to see the roles change, in some cases it is murder.

Marly Shaw has a lot to live for. She risks generational laws of punishment. Using survival skills passed down through her community since pioneer days. The librarian helps save her.

Clara County Sheriff’s Detective Vanessa Alba shows up decades late in a sordid game of King of the Mountain. She and partner Jack Wong travel out of jurisdiction to make death notifications. The journey takes them to the Finger Lakes of central New York. Back in time. Where they attempt to wrap up loose ends on a California death scene. The mystery is no easy solve.

This novel evoked a wide range of emotions in me. The characters are well developed. I could picture them and feel their essence.

Once I started reading, I could not stop.

Powerful, enchanting and haunting.

I will recommend this for our library collection and to other readers who like unique mystery.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Legacy (Darla Cavannah Mysteries, #3)The Legacy by Gary Gusick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you Random House Publishing Group - Alibi via NetGalley. I received an ARC Kindle e-book of The Legacy: Darla Cavannah Mysteries, #3 by Gary Gusick.

The novel is well written and kept me in a grip the entire way through.

I think that the cover threw me off from diving in when I first received it.

It is representative of the dynamic 'Yankee' detective Darla Cavannah who is transplanted to Mississippi. Darla carries a gun and knows how to use it. She is smart, can schmooze the politicians and other policing agencies she must deal with.

Married to an OBGYN who performs legal abortions - the only one in MS who does. In most cases that could pose a problem for her career, but she is also a widow of the late and great Old Miss Quarterback "Hugh the Glue Cavannah."

A few things missing from the cover: Darla's partner "Redneck Rita." The Mississippi Blues road houses. Old Blues posters. A carved statue of an African American warrior. Kudzu and a white Governor whose adopted African American daughter is lynched in the middle of the Old Miss campus.

Yes, I love this book, but there is a lot going on that could use more time and development.

Wow, the subplots running through this novel are vast enough to have created three more novels. I will go back and read The Last Clinic: Darla Cavannah #1 and Officer Elvis: Darla Cavannah, #2 and perhaps there I will find what I seek.

Thank you for the opportunity to read this novel. I will recommend Gary Gusick books for our library collection.

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FEAR DREAMS: A shocking psychological thriller (Detective Kerri Blasco Book 1)FEAR DREAMS: A shocking psychological thriller by J.A. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Amazon Prime for a "Read-A-Lot" coupon for this Kindle e-book Fear Dreams: Detective Kerri Blasco by J.A. Schneider

Christmas came early. After finishing Her Last Breath: Detective Kerri Blasco. I went onto to follow the author and got an offer for a free or discounted copy of Fear Dreams: Kerrie Blasco.

From the first page, I was hooked. I started reading at 9:00 p.m., and could not stop until I finished at 12:40 a.m. Worse yet, I lay there thinking about the story, the author, and characters for another hour.

As a voracious reader, I love when the magic of incredible writing snatches me from reality into the story. Puzzles are another passion. When an author can combine mesmerizing writing with difficult puzzles I am addicted.

Liddy Barron, an artist is recovering from a hit and run accident. The gaps in her memory are filled with unclear images of a young woman who is missing.

Like real life, good and disturbing things happen to her. It does not take long for Liddy to doubt her sanity, the loyalty of her husband and her friend. It is not until Detective Kerri Blasco shows up that Liddy is able to face truths about those who surround her.

She and her husband Paul finally leave the cramped bachelor pad he had before them and move into a bigger place.

The circumstances that land them the new place are fraught with sadness and mystery, but it is perfect for their needs. It is closer to the laboratory Paul works as a research scientist. Their home has a studio for her. It is a corner room with windows allowing perfect light for Liddy to paint in.

Yes, I recommend this.

Warning: You may not be able to put this down once you begin reading.

My second Detective Kerri Blasco novel, I am loving this empathetic but tough detective more each time.

I have heard rumors of a new Detective Kerri Blasco novel in the works. J.A. Schneider is a gifted storyteller and she has a new constant reader.

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